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The Victoria Cougars scored three consecutive goals to come from behind against the most dangerous lead in hockey (3-1) over the Nanaimo Buccaneers Friday in Nanaimo.
The Cougars eliminated the Nanaimo Buccaneers during Game 6, 4-2.
The Cougars will now go on to play the Campbell River Storm for the league title.
Nanaimo lost 8-1 in Esquimalt on Thursday night – they fought hard Friday, but it wasn’t enough.
They opened the scoring at 13:12 of the first period. Darian Harris scored from Billy Walters. Victoria came back less than four minutes later at 17:03 on the powerplay to tie the game. Marshall Brown scored from Tyler Vanuden and Booker Chacalias.
Nanaimo scored twice in the second period to get up 3-1. At 11:28 Chase Fioretti scored shorthanded from Walter and Lucas Patton.
Bryce Irwin got one back for Victoria on the powerplay at 19:46. It was a momentum-shifting goal with four seconds remaining in the period. Dawson Heathcote was serving two minutes for slashing when the shorthanded and powerplay goals were scored.
The Cougars took over during the third scoring at 11:19 and 15:23. Vanuden and Mateo Albinati each scored.
The difference maker was the powerplay as Victoria stung the Buccaneers going 2/4 on the man advantage. Nanaimo again was stymied on their one opportunity. The special teams gave Nanaimo special trouble during the 8-1 loss.
They played more disciplined Friday, but still gave up four powerplays, three more than Victoria took.
Owen Sikkes stopped 20 of 23 shots for the win, while Blake Wood stopped 25 of 29 for the loss in the Nanaimo net.